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Bees in kayaks, canoes and boats

If rowing is your thing, then you probably have your own canoe, which you take out on the water every day for your work out. If you have a large enough garage you probably have somewhere to store the canoe so it won't get in the way.

If not you may have to fashion a kind of canoe rack in a corner of the backyard or leave your canoe at the club in the 'Canoe Yard'. Both these options mean that the canoe will be outside and that long hollow space is just calling for a swarm of bees to come and settle inside it. If the canoe gets used everyday you will probably notice it and be able to do something before the colony settles in.

But in the event that your are a weekend warrior, your canoe will have a few days of no use every week, this is ample time for a colony of bees move in.

Remember, you probably won't be the only person in the “Canoe Yard” so don't try anything heroic, rather warn everyone in the vicinity and then have a professional remove the bees. Trying to chase the bees with water will end in an angry swarm stinging all and sundry, and fire will do the same and you might lose your canoe in the process.

canoes are ideal places for bees to build hives

Summer is well and truly upon us and all the usual outdoor activities are in full swing. The holidays are just around the corner and spending days playing and paddling on the water are exactly what you have in mind to keep the heat at bay and to stave off the holiday boredom.

if you havent used your kayak or canoe in a while be sure to check its hollows carefully befor you take it down off its rack. if you notice any bees flying in and out, chances are that your kayak was turned into a bee hive during the months that it was not in use.

Leave everything as it is and call a bee remover. Do not try and move the kayak or try to shake the beehive out. Avoid getting stung and have the bees preofessionally removed.

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This page was last updated 12 February 2014.